Western Connecticut Health Network

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The Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) is a premier patient-centered system of care dedicated to improving health and well-being in western Connecticut and New York. WCHN is a branch campus of the Larner College of Medicine at The University of Vermont and is the heart of our Global Health Program. 

Our Global Health Program created long-standing international partnerships with the vision of improving patient care and medical education through cooperation and the exchange of ideas. It is hoped that exposure to vastly different health care systems and socioeconomic structures will foster a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by partner countries in providing high quality care to their underserved populations.

Goals of this partnership include the improvement of patient care and the advancement of research. To that end, we work towards a more solid understanding of the relative strengths and weaknesses. The objectives for all players is the enhancement of medical education and training of future physicians. The program assists the faculty at offshore sites in assessing their educational and clinical needs, designing strategies to meet those needs, and evaluating the impact of the interventions on the faculty and staff as well as on patient care. Students will interact with visiting medicals students and physicians from our sister organizations in Zimbabwe, Uganda, Russia, Vietnam and the Dominican Republic. 

WCHN is a growing healthcare network that serves a population of approximately 600,000 in 28 communities in an area of Connecticut spanning from coastal Norwalk at its southern end to the rolling hills of New Milford and Danbury to the north. Norwalk Hospital and Danbury Hospital are the main teaching hospitals for WCHN- both offer the broad clinical exposure of busy community hospitals but both are also committed to academics through their teaching and research programs. The patients served represent a remarkable cross-section of economic, ethnic, racial and linguistic backgrounds. 

In addition to the hospitals, the continuum of care offered includes numerous medical practices and sub-specialties across the region, home health care services, a nationally renowned biomedical research institute, and other affiliates. WCHN encompasses a large network of over 1,000 physicians and collaborates with Federally Qualified Health Clinics and Americares Free Clinics in both Norwalk and Danbury.

Our Western Connecticut Health Network branch campus is aligned with the vision and culture of Larner College of Medicine’s main campus in Burlington, Vermont. Humankind is at the core of our teachings. Through our holistic, personalized approach, we are producing the kind of doctors today’s patients need – physicians who are understanding, intelligent listeners, and critical thinkers.